You probably don’t give much thought to the composition of your plumbing system. That’s totally understandable. However, the condition of the pipes that deliver your water is more of a pressing issue than you realize, as it could directly affect your health, the performance of your plumbing and the overall wellbeing of your home.
Many homes built before the ’90s have aging pipes made of materials that aren’t standing the test of time.
Lead pipes can present a threat to your health. Some older homes have lead pipes, and in some instances, the lead can leach into the tap water. Symptoms of lead exposure can include:
Developmental delays in children
Schedule an appointment with a professional plumber who can determine if lead pipes comprise your plumbing system.
Cast Iron Pipes
Cast iron pipes corrode. This corrosion can break off and introduce particles to your drinking water. It can also cause your drains to back up as the pipes close off. Neither is a good outcome.
Pipes made out of polybutylene were popular between the 1970s and 1990s, but the plastic resin that comprises this material can break down with exposure to chlorine. There have been lawsuits related to leaky pipes made out of polybutylene. Undiscovered leaks can lead to structural damage and mold.
Bottom line: There are pipes of better quality on the market, such as PEX, PVC, copper and stainless steel. EZ Plumbing can inspect the condition of your plumbing system and help you determine if replacing your pipes is the right option for your home. To schedule an appointment, call (818) 900-2778.